phthalic anhydride

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phthalic anhydride

n.
A white crystalline compound, C8H4C3, the anhydride of phthalic acid, used in the manufacture of phthaleins and other dyes, resins, plasticizers, and insecticides.

phthalic anhydride

n
(Elements & Compounds) a white crystalline substance used mainly in producing dyestuffs. Formula: C6H4(CO)2O

phthal′ic anhy′dride


n.
a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C8H4O3, used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes, alkyd resins, and plasticizers.
[1850–55]
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Noun1.phthalic anhydride - a white cyclic anhydride
anhydride - a compound formed from one or more other compounds in a reaction resulting in removal of water